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Thoughts on a 10-5 Rangers win

Rangers 10, A’s 5

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Rangers 10, A’s 5

  • It is good to finally get off the schneid and win a game.
  • It will be even better when the Rangers win a game with a strong outing from their starting pitcher, though. A.J. Griffin struggled with his command, ended up being very hittable, and got chased in the 4th inning. What had been an 8-0 lead turned into an 8-4 game, with Griffin being pulled with the bases loaded and one out in the 4th.
  • This Griffin looked way too much like second half Griffin from last season, a guy who can give you a couple of good innings, but ends up being too hittable to give you a full start. It may be his best use is as a long man or swingman, rather than a rotation guy.
  • Alex Claudio, on the other hand...stop me if you’ve heard this before, but Alex Claudio was brought into the game in a bad situation, with the Rangers needing lots of innings from him, and he delivered. After getting into a 3 ball count to the first batter he was facing, in danger of walking in a run, he got a ground ball for a double play to end the danger and escape the inning. And then he ended up throwing 3.2 scoreless innings in all, allowing just a hit and a walk.
  • Alex Claudio was one of the unappreciated weapons of the 2016 pen, and he’s started the 2017 season doing more of the same solid work.
  • Tony Barnette and Jose Leclerc finished things out in the 8th and 9th. I thought Mike Hauschild might make his major league debut in the 9th, with the Rangers up 6, but Leclerc got the nod instead. Leclerc allowed a run but closed it out.
  • Carlos Gomez set the tone for the Rangers early, making a terrific leaping catch in the first to steal at least a double, possibly a home run, from Oakland to start off the game, and then scored in the first inning on a hustle double, ground out, fielder’s choice sequence that saw him break for home from third on a ground ball and touch home under the tag to give Texas a 1-0 lead.
  • The star of the game, though, was Nomar Mazara...Nomar continued his red hot start, going 3 for 5 with a grand slam and 6 RBIs. A breakout from Nomar this year would be huge.
  • Also with big games were Gomez, who had a couple of hits and 3 runs scored, Rougned Odor, who had 2 hits, including a home run, and Shin-Soo Choo, who had a pair of hits.
  • In the Joey Gallo Watch, Gallo went 0 for 3 with a 3-2 walk, but didn’t strike out, and all three outs were deep fly balls. He’s continuing to work counts, show discipline, and look like a major leaguer. He likely goes down in a day or two when Adrian Beltre is activated, but his performance so far is promising.